HC Deb 31 March 1885 vol 296 cc1106-7

I wish to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether there is any truth in the statement contained in the newspapers of to-day that Osman Digna has sent in a flag of truce to ask what we want; and, if so, what answer has been given by Her Majesty's Government? I am sorry there has been no opportunity of giving Notice.


No, Sir; I have not received any con- firmation of the statement that a flag of truce has been sent in by Osman Digna. Just before I came to the House I received a telegram from General Graham, in which he says that the spies reported that the enemy had completely abandoned Tamai and Hasheen. He is sending out Cavalry and Infantry to ascertain the truth of the report, and an early reconnoissance will be made in the direction of Handoub.